Understanding the Habitual Use of Wearable Activity Trackers

Annamina Rieder, Christiane Lehrer, Reinhard Jung

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Given the large discrepancy between rates at which wearable activity trackers (WATs) are initially adopted and their continued use, the question concerning how sustainable use emerges arises. While IS research has found habit an important driver of sustained use, the mechanisms of habit formation have been left unexplored. To address this research gap, we conducted narrative interviews to investigate the habit-formation mechanisms behind the use of WATs. We identified two drivers of habitual WAT use and constructed five narratives that provide insights into the habit-formation processes of WAT users and possible interrupting factors. Our results provide a valuable basis for both theory and practice in explaining how sustained WAT use develops.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik (WI)
Number of pages15
Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
Publication date2019
Article number7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik. WI 2019 - Siegen, Germany
Duration: 23 Feb 201927 Feb 2019
Conference number: 14


Conference14th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik. WI 2019
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  • Wearable
  • Habit
  • Habit formation
  • Sustained use
  • Continuance

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